Barcelona hires Argentine coach
soccer • Gerardo Martino, a relatively unknown Argentine league coach, reached an agreement Tuesday to coach a Barcelona team led by Lionel Messi that is one of great clubs in soccer history. Martino will be given a two-year contract, the team said.
The 50-year-old Martino will follow two of European soccer's most successful coaches; Tito Vilanova, who succeeded Pep Guardiola, resigned recently due to throat cancer. Despite having no European coaching experience, Martino received the backing from Messi before the club's sporting director traveled to Buenos Aires to negotiate the deal.
• Sporting Kansas City is rewarding coach Peter Vermes with a contract extension through 2017 after he led the MLS club to back-to-back Eastern Conference titles. Sporting KC, which beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday, is 10-5-6 and again sits atop the conference.
Ellis completes Mavs' starting five
NBA • The Mavericks have signed free agent shooting guard Monta Ellis, finishing off the final piece of their new starting lineup. Terms of the deal announced Tuesday weren't disclosed. It is reportedly a three-year contract for between $25 and $30 million.
Ellis will start alongside point guard Jose Calderon, another free agent addition. The third new starter is center Samuel Dalembert. It's the second straight year the Mavericks have put three new starters around Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion.
• Steve Nash may have to pay additional child support for his three children and that he and his ex-wife can't say bad things about each other through social media. A Court of Appeals panel's ruling Tuesday says a judge must consider ordering the Los Angeles Lakers point guard to pay more than the children's "basic needs."
The court also upheld a judge's order barring the couple from disparaging each other through social media. It said Alejandra Amarilla Nash used her Twitter account to make a "biting criticism" of Nash after their divorce was granted.
From wire reports